Mosquito-Eating Fish Stocked in County Basins
(Deptford, NJ) – As part of Gloucester County’s effort to control mosquitoes the County’s Department of Parks Mosquito Control Division has stocked 4,200 resident fish in various retention basins throughout the county. These fish are a natural means of controlling mosquitoes and are supplied by the NJ State Mosquito Control Commission as part of the State Bio-Control Program.
“The tiny fish that we stock in about a dozen water basins will feed on mosquito larvae,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “We have been using this natural prevention method at locations that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes for about seven years now and it makes a difference,” Sweeney said.
“Even though it is still pretty cool out the county is working on mosquito control. Our Mosquito Control Division works throughout the year to identify and control mosquito breeding grounds. They do an outstanding job on prevention, control and residents,” said Sweeney.
Director Sweeney said that the 4,200 fish that were stocked in retention basins throughout the county today were most likely one of the first rounds of fish stockings for the summer season.
“We are optimistic that more fish will be supplied by the State Mosquito Control Commission through the summer season. They are a great natural prevention method,” said Freeholder DiMarco. DiMarco is the Freeholder liaison to the County’s Division of Mosquito Control.
“The County works throughout the year to control the mosquito population, but when the entire community is working together it can make a big difference,” said DiMarco. “The most important step that residents can take to reduce mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water,” DiMarco stressed.
Residents should follow these simple steps around their homes to reduce mosquitoes:
- Dispose of old cans, plastic buckets, ceramic pots, or other containers that may collect water on you property.
- Properly dispose of old, discarded tires (one tire can collect enough water to produce thousands of mosquitoes in just one year).
- Clean clogged roof gutters at least annually. Clogged gutters are places where large numbers of mosquitoes are produced each year.
- Eliminate water collecting in pool or boat covers
- Drill holes in bottom of recycling containers left outdoors to prevent them from collecting rainwater.
- Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths
- Eliminate standing water around animal troughs